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Buddy Read: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

 


The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines, #3
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 401 pages
Published on February 12th 2013 by Razorbill
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:

An ancient magic. A heart-wrenching decision… Sydney Sage is an Alchemist. She protects vampire secrets – and human lives. In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she is struggling to decide between following her Alchemist teachings – or her heart. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch, a former Alchemist who is now on the run. As Marcus pushes her to rebel, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as Sydney searches for the person attacking powerful young witches, she realizes that she must embrace her magical blood – or else she will be next..
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Buddy Read: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

 


Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines, #1
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 423 pages
Published on May 24th of 2011 by RAZORBILL
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. 

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Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

 


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 
Series: Simon Snow, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 522 pages
Published on October 6th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Rainbow Rowell: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

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Book Review: Ricochet by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 


Ricochet by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted, #1.5
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 264 pages
Published on 2014 (first published August 1st 2013)
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
As a sex addict, Lily Calloway must do the impossible. Stay celibate for 90 days.

Cravings and fantasies become her new routine, but while Loren Hale recovers from his alcohol addiction, Lily wonders if he’ll realize what a monster she really is. After all, her sexual compulsions begin to rule her life the longer she stays faithful to him.

Progress. That’s what Lily’s striving for. But by trying to become closer to her family—people who aren’t aware of her addiction—she creates larger obstacles. When she spends time with her youngest sister, she learns more about her than she ever imagined and senses an unsettling connection between Daisy and Ryke Meadows.

With Lily and Lo’s dysfunctional relationship teetering and unbalanced, they will need to find a way to reconnect from miles apart. But the inability to “touch” proves to be one of the hardest tests on their road to recovery. Some love brushes the surface. Some love is deeper than skin.

Lily and Lo have three months to discover just how deep their love really goes.

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Book Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

 


The Bride Test by Helen Hoang 
Series:  The Kiss Quotient, #2
Genre: Romance | Contemporary
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 296 pages
Published on May 7th 2019 by Berkley
Helen Hoang: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

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Book Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

 


Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare 
Series: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1-10
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 655 pages
Published on November 15th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.
So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.

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Audio Book Review: The Virgin Roommate by Alexa Riley

 


The Virgin Roommate by Alexa Riley 
Series: Virgin Marriage #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Audiobook
Published on June 3rd 2019
Alexa Riley: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Gia Fisher comes from a big, all-up-in-your-business family. They all love each other and they come with good intentions. She’s kept her boyfriend Marco at a distance, however, because she didn’t want them to drive him away. But she’s head over heels and tired of hiding her love.

Marco Taylor knew Gia she was the one for him the moment he met her. She’s keeping him away from her family and he can’t blame her. He doesn’t come from anything special and in the past he’s had a run-in with her brothers. He’s not good enough for her, but he can’t let her go.

Warning: What happens when the two of them finally shout their love from the rooftop? Oh, you know it’s gonna be explosive! Grab the final installment of the Virgin Marriage Series and see if these two can find their happily ever after.

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Book Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

 


Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Infernal Devices, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 568 pages
Published on March 19th 2013 by  Walker Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Tessa Gray should be happy — aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding to Jem Carstairs, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan of destruction. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her

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Double Book Review: Entwined with You + Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

 


Entwined With You by Sylvia Day 
Series: Crossfire, #3
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 356 pages
Published on June 6th 2013 by Penguin Books
Sylvia Day: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

I read the Finnish book, “Sinuun Kiedottu”

Synopsis:
From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…

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Book Review: Bared To You by Sylvia Day

 


Bared To You by Sylvia Day 
Series: Crossfire, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 340 pages
Published on July 19th 2012 by Penguin UK
Sylvia Day: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

I read the Finnish book, “Sinulle Paljastettu”

Synopsis:
Our journey began in fire…

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness – beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires.

The bonds of love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…

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